McDonald’s CEO says crime concerns need to be addressed in Chicago

At the Economic Club of Chicago on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, the CEO of McDonald’s Chris Kempczinski discussed the issues the company is having with crime in Chicago.

Screen Shot 2022-09-15 at 1.14.52 PM

During the keynote speech, Kempczinski said “Everywhere I go, I’m confronted by the same question. ‘What’s going on in Chicago?”.

Addin that “There is a general sense out there that our city is in crisis.”

Currently, the company remains headquartered in Chicago but Kempczinski brought up how the company is facing crime concerns from employees coming back to the office and taking public transport.

Kempczinski also said that the business is dealing with issues like violent crime, homelessness, and drug overdoses in its Chicago restaurants, according to WSJ. 

“We see every single day in our restaurants what’s happening at society at large,” Kempczinski said.

“It’s not going to be something that McDonald’s can solve on its own. We need to be able to do it with the public sector as well.” 

He has also said that “Our goal is to not have a store where partners work and they feel unsafe. That is not a good experience,”.
McDonald’s estimates that it contributed a total economic impact to Cook COuntry of nearly $2 billion in the last 12 months ending on June 30.

Support Quality Journalism.

Independent journalism is important now more than ever. The role of journalists in our society is one of watchdogs. One cannot be a watchdog when they are on the government’s payroll. 

Make a donation today and support quality,  independent journalism. 

Share this story: